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In this course you will become familiar with the ideas of the water-energy-food nexus and transdisciplinary thinking. You will learn to see your community or country as a complex social-ecological system and to describe its water, energy and food metabolism in the form of a pattern, as well as to map the categories of social actors. We will provide you with the tools to measure the nexus elements and to analyze them in a coherent way across scales and dimensions of analysis. In this way, your quantitative analysis will become useful for informed decision-making. You will be able to detect and quantify dependence on non-renewable resources and externalization of environmental problems to other societies and ecosystems (a popular ‘solution’ in the western world). Practical case studies, from both developed and developing countries, will help you evaluate the state-of-play of a given community or country and to evaluate possible solutions. Last but not least, you will learn to see pressing social-ecological issues, such as energy poverty, water scarcity and inequity, from a radically different perspective, and to question everything you’ve been told so far. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT Part of the results and case studies presented have been developed within two projects: MAGIC and PARTICIPIA. However, the course does not reflect the views of the funding institutions or of the project partners as a whole, and the case studies were presented purely with an educational and illustrative purpose....
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Introduction

Welcome to our course on the sustainability of social-ecological systems! Before getting started, we suggest you take a couple of minutes to read the information about the course and about the platform as given below. ...
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1 vidéo (Total 3 min), 8 lectures
Reading8 lectures
Welcome learners!10 min
Course organization10 min
Grading and logistics10 min
Acknowledgement10 min
FAQ - General topics10 min
FAQ- Time management10 min
FAQ - Quizzes and assignment10 min
FAQ - Certificate10 min
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MODULE 1. Introducing the basic concepts

In this first week we will look at the nexus from a different perspective: What is the nexus? Why is it getting all this attention right now? Is it just a buzzword, or something more? We will start by explaining what the nexus means in terms of complexity and propose the basic concepts needed for a metabolic analysis of the nexus. It might take a while to get your head around these concepts, but they are essential to understand what comes next. Finally, we will give examples of “elephants in the room” in the sustainability discourse – to show you that mainstream narratives are not always right....
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9 vidéos (Total 118 min), 1 quiz
Video9 vidéos
The challenges faced in nexus analysis17 min
Examples of “different” analyses of the nexus14 min
Basic concepts of metabolic analysis12 min
The bio-phsyical roots of metabolic patterns9 min
Too rich to be green12 min
The “intolerable” dependence on fossil fuel imports10 min
Circular economy, Bioeconomy and Zero-emissions14 min
Jevon’s paradox and the myth of resource efficiency as a solution for sustainability9 min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
Quiz 150 min
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MODULE 2. Acknowledging the poor quality of existing quantitative analyses

This week is all about narratives, framing and complexity. You will see how different narratives affect quantitative assessments, and why numbers aren’t always right. We will delve deeper into the theoretical basis of complex systems, and propose alternative ways of doing sustainability analysis, through the use of grammars. ...
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9 vidéos (Total 123 min), 1 quiz
Video9 vidéos
The fragility of numbers10 min
Handling the issue of scale15 min
Narratives vs. Storytelling12 min
The identity in Complex Systems11 min
The Concept of Holon16 min
Grammars: how to keep quantitative analysis semantically open10 min
Mosaic Effect: integrating quantitative analysis across different hierarchical levels17 min
The Sudoku Effect – how to handle impredicativity in quantitative analysis11 min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
Quiz 230 min
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Module 3. The challenge of food accounting

Having introduced the basis of metabolic analysis and complex systems, we will now focus on the different elements of the nexus, starting with food. We will start by answering some seemingly basic questions: what do we mean by food, and how can it be accounted? Which qualities of food can and cannot be accounted for in terms of numbers? Practical examples will guide you along the way, and by the end of the week you will see why the current agricultural system is unsustainable to its core....
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9 vidéos (Total 137 min), 1 quiz
Video9 vidéos
An example of an integrated quantitative analysis of food metabolism: Ecuador13 min
What are qualities of the produced food that cannot be considered in qualitative analysis?18 min
Pre-industrial metabolic pattern18 min
Technological lock-in of agriculture11 min
The post harvest sector16 min
Feeding the cities12 min
The mission impossible of agriculture in modern times16 min
Multifunctional agriculture15 min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
Quiz 330 min
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Module 4. The challenge of energy accounting

This week we will look at energy. As we did for food, we will start by looking at the problems of energy accounting, and setting a framework to allow us to carry out energy analyses across levels and scales. You will see why energy accounting is one of the most problematic aspects of sustainability, and through the example of the Energiewende we will explore how this affects policy....
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9 vidéos (Total 123 min), 1 quiz
Video9 vidéos
Exosomatic Metabolism11 min
EROI a critical appraisal14 min
Energy grammar13 min
Functional and structural components12 min
Quality of PES13 min
Energy efficiency for policy targets12 min
The problem with agro-biofuels13 min
Energiewende and the problem of intermittents9 min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
Quiz 420 min
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par ALMar 31st 2018

Everybody should learn this !\n\nIt will change my way of looking at sustainability as promised by Prof. Giampietro.\n\nTHX

Enseignants

Mario Giampietro

ICREA Research Professor
Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA)

Andrea Saltelli

Guest researcher
Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA)

Tarik Serrano

Post-Doc Researcher
Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA)

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